NHS Forth Valley begins COVID-19 spring booster programme with at risk groups offered additional dose

Residents in care homes for older adults are the first to receive their spring COVID-19 booster as the latest stage of the national vaccination programme gets underway.

Following recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), a spring booster dose will also be offered to those aged 75 and over and individuals aged five and over with a weakened immune system. These groups will either receive appointment details through their preferred means of contact or will be sent details of how to book.

Fiona Coan, NHS Forth Valley’s ImmunisationTeam Service Manager said: “COVID-19 is still with us so it’s really important that you get your spring booster if you’re eligible. Booster doses are safe, effective, and help to top up your protection against serious illness from the virus.

“Prioritising those most at risk has been our approach from the outset and vaccination has been our most effective tool against COVID-19. However, the degree of protection offered does fade over time, which is why booster vaccination is needed.

“COVID-19 spring booster appointments are being offered to all those eligible between 11th April and 30 June 2023.

“The COVID-19 spring booster programme is key to protecting the most vulnerable among us and I’d like to thank our vaccinators, support staff and all those who continue to come forward for vaccination when invited.”

If you receive an appointment with an unsuitable date, time or venue, please reschedule it online or by calling the National Vaccination Helpline. This will allow us to give your appointment to someone else. If you’re rearranging your spring booster appointment, please ensure it is booked for after 11 April when spring appointments begin.

For more information visit nhsinform.scot/springbooster